A fair society creates work opportunities for all
Workers must celebrate and have fulfilment in their jobs. They have rights which are guaranteed by The Constitution. Legislations such as Labour Relations Act outlining Basic Conditions of Employment, Occupational Health and Safety Act ensure tools that are effective in protecting them.
It is unfortunate that certain labour unions abuse workers’ rights by engaging in illegal strikes, vandalize public facilities or use violent methods to express their frustrations whenever their expectations or demands are not met.
Certain leaders threaten those who chose to work, even when their actions are unlawful. The ‘Pikitup strike’ is one typical example. The “no work no pay rule” affects those who don’t report to work because of fear to be victimized.
While Workers’ Day is recognized and celebrated in South Africa, few people have access to this opportunity. So many people have never worked and earn an income in their life. This affects both skilled and unskilled people.
There are many who have given up, others are consider giving up because they have been looking for job opportunities with no success.
The current unemployment rate and countless poverty alleviation programmes attest to this challenge.
In order to create a fair society, people must get opportunity to work.
The solution is to attract local and international investors. This will be possible when government is prepared to cut red tape.
The DA believes that government should be accountable and protect jobs and businesses by ensuring the timeous payment of service providers within 30 days.
Khume Ramulifho, MPL
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC of Education
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